HSABC Webinar: Low Impact Debriefing For Frontline Workers

July 3, 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

In this session, we discuss what a debrief is and isn't, the difference between a low-impact and high-impact debrief, and you'll leave with practical tips to debrief in ways that will increase team and individual capacity.

Key Takeaways:
• Clarify and define the term debrief.
• Understand what goes into a low impact debrief and a high impact debrief.
• Ideas and practical strategies around how to engage in low impact debriefing
• Wider diversity of options to ask for in workplace interpersonal interactions


Kennedy Lewis is a former support worker turned trauma therapist. Kennedy cultivated her craft and practice in Victoria, B.C after graduating from U. Vic. After graduating, Kennedy started a private practice and developed Extraordinary Workers to help support workers on the front lines who are often overlooked in their roles. Extraordinary Workers has been in operation for over a year engaging the support worker community in group and individual counselling, as well as workshops through specific agencies. Kennedy recently moved to Vancouver, B.C. and has joined the East Vancouver Counselling Collective and continues to run extraordinary workers, which has grown to supporting support workers from all across B.C.

Kennedy approaches the topic of resiliency by addressing how the entire workplace functions to mitigate the effects of trauma exposures on staff. Believing that when workers are properly supported to cope with their job demands, they can stay longer in their roles and build the relationships with clients that are often so necessary to healing and stabilization. Kennedy's message to support workers is simple: see the valuable work you do; see that you carry communities on your shoulders; you deserve support, solidarity and access to information that can aid you in your roles.